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  • Blue Jackets president accuses Ryan Johansen of extortion, reveals contract numbers

    The Columbus Blue Jackets have had enough of this Ryan Johansen restricted free agency negotiation.  To the point where affable team president John Davidson called it “extortion." * He announced that the team had offered Johansen $6 million over two years and $32 million over six years (which JD…

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  • Josh Harding likely out 'months' with ankle injury; Wild reach out to Bryz

    The Minnesota Wild learned a valuable lesson last season in that you can never have enough organizational depth in goal. Between Josh Harding battling complications from multiple sclerosis to Niklas Backstrom’s knee injury to Darcy Kuemper’s concussion, general manager Chuck Fletcher kept busy…

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  • Oilers hire Olympic figure skating champ Pelletier

    Oilers hire Olympic figure skating champ PelletierEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers have hired Olympic figure skating champion David Pelletier as a skating coach. Pelletier won a gold medal in pairs with partner Jamie Sale at the 2002 Salt

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  • Sharks sign D Braun to 5-year, $19 M extension

    Sharks sign D Braun to 5-year, $19 M extensionSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Justin Braun to a $19 million, five-year extension. The deal announced Wednesday will keep Braun under contract through the 2019-20 season

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  • NHL will put ads on jerseys after someone else does it first

    Considering how the NHL has managed to monetize literally everything tangentially related to its product – even the iconic Mark Messier Leadership Award has a title sponsor! – it’s a minor miracle that there aren’t already advertisements on jerseys.  During a recent meeting of NHL team presidents…

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  • Rangers add microchips to jerseys; Carlyle 'unplugged'; Harding out with ankle injury (Puck Headlines)

    Rangers add microchips to jerseys; Carlyle 'unplugged'; Harding out with ankle injury (Puck Headlines)Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Minnesota Wild

    The Minnesota Wild finished at 43-27-12, good for the first wild card in the Western Conference. Alas, the magic couldn’t continue in Round 2, with the Chicago Blackhawks thwarting them in OT of Game 6. The worst kept secret in hockey was finally revealed as Thomas Vanek signed a 3-year,…

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  • Ryan Johansen and the raging performance vs. potential debate (Trending Topics Extra)

    After months of negotiating through the media on either side, it seems that there's finally a light toward which we can all turn, hopefully, in the case of "Ryan Johansen Wants To Get Paid" v. "Yes But Is He Worth It?" The Blue Jackets still want two years at $3 million (or $3.5 million, depending…

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  • Pegulas' bid to buy Bills OK'd by NFL committee

    Pegulas' bid to buy Bills OK'd by NFL committee ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Terry and Kim Pegula are one big step closer to owning the Buffalo Bills. The husband-and-wife team that owns the NHL Buffalo Sabres had its NFL-record $1.4 billion purchase agreement to buy the Bills approved unanimously by…

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  • Ducks re-sign Devante Smith-Pelly to 2-year deal

    Ducks re-sign Devante Smith-Pelly to 2-year dealANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Forward Devante Smith-Pelly has agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million deal to return to the Anaheim Ducks. The club announced the deal Tuesday. Smith-Pelly has scored 23 points in 75

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  • Lester Patrick winner Bill Daly: Number of NHL U.S. cities 'should continue to grow'

    Exactly 10 years after the lockout of 2004-05 began, the news broke that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly would receive the Lester Patrick Trophy for “outstanding service to hockey in the United States.” Daly helped lead the NHL in labor negotiations with the NHL Players’ Association in 2004-05,…

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  • Dose into 2014-15

    Over a few startling months, it almost seems like the formerly resistant ranks of the NHL read “Moneyball” (or at least rented the Brad Pitt-helmed movie) and realized that those pencil-necked geeks might be onto something. Witnessing the seemingly stat-hating Toronto Maple Leafs implode - again -…

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  • Red Wings agree to 2-year deal with DeKeyser

    Red Wings agree to 2-year deal with DeKeyserDETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with defenseman Danny DeKeyser on Tuesday on a two-year deal, with an average cap hit just under $2.2 million. The 24-year-old DeKeyser is coming off a fine

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  • Wild goalie Harding has broken foot

    Wild goalie Harding has broken footST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has a broken right foot, putting him out indefinitely. The Wild announced Wednesday the injury was suffered in an off-ice incident. The team said Harding was

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  • Jackets ready to move on if Johansen doesn't sign

    Jackets ready to move on if Johansen doesn't sign COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Talks between the Columbus Blue Jackets and leading scorer Ryan Johansen are clearly at a contentious impasse. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, said the young star left Columbus on Wednesday afternoon - a day before the start…

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  • Daly, Holmgren to receive Lester Patrick Trophy; USHL tests 3-on-3 OT; Teravainen magic (Puck Headlines)

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Nathan Walker hanging out with kangaroos and koalas? Nathan Walker hanging out with kangaroos and koalas.

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Montreal Canadiens

    The Montreal Canadiens moved into the realigned Atlantic Division, finished in third behind Boston and Tampa Bay, and posted their first 100-point season since 2007-08. Facing an up-and-coming Lightning squad, the Canadiens pulled off a shocking sweep, setting up a second round date with their…

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